Support service helping many through challenges
Celebrating 70 years of CPL caring
LIFE for Joseph Neylon looks quite different today than it did seven years ago.
Following a car accident in 2011, Mr Neylon spent nearly three years in hospital, enduring more than 60 surgeries to fix broken legs, ribs and other major injuries, and now needs a wheelchair to get around.
When he left hospital, Mr Neylon knew everyday life would now throw more obstacles at him, but he said things were made much easier with the help Choice Passion Life Disability Support Services provided.
“I’d just come out of hospital and needed help as I was now in a wheelchair and couldn’t do a lot of things for myself,” he said.
“Without their help what was already a difficult situation would have been even more difficult.”
Mr Neylon now lives in a 24 hour care home with CPL staff coming in daily to help with tasks such as showering, food preparation and cleaning.
But for the 27-year-old, the biggest help comes from the social support the organisation provides.
“Before my accident most of my socialising was hanging out with friends while we went abseiling or rock climbing,” he said.
“Not being able to do those things now is tough and CPL helped me through a depression time I went through a while back.
“They make sure I go to social events like trivia nights and they also just check in on you on your down days.
“They are really cheerful and outgoing and they are a brilliant team and I couldn’t ask for any better support.”
CPL, formerly the Cerebral Palsy League, is this year celebrating 70 years of supporting people with disabilities in Queensland.
Sunshine Coast area manager Shannon Howard said the organisation had seen incredible change over the 70 years, but the main purpose had remained the same.
“We support people with disabilities in all aspects of their life from therapy to employment,” he said.
“But more than that we don’t focus just on disability but rather people’s lives and helping them live the lives they want to live.”
Mr Howard said the change of name came about a few years ago so the organisation was able to reach more people.
“People often looked past us as they thought we only helped people with Cerebral Palsy when we actually help people with a while range of disabilities,” he said.
“By changing to Choice Passion Life we kept a bit of the tie to the origins while moving away from the idea we only helped some.”
CPL Sunshine Coast last weekend celebrated the 70th anniversary with a special family fun day where clients, their families and staff were treated to a day of food, entrainment and fun.
FIGHTER: Joseph Neylon was injured in a car accident, which left him requiring 24 hour care. He is one of the thousands of people CPL help everyday.